Spain capital – Jaca Huesca Wed, 18 May 2022 11:06:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spain capital – Jaca Huesca 32 32 Human capital, the greatest capacity of the Chilean army Wed, 18 May 2022 11:06:03 +0000

Improving human capital, maintaining and increasing operational readiness and strategic planning are the challenges that General Javier Eduardo Iturriaga del Campo, Commander of the Chilean Army, set out when he assumed command on March 9, 2022.

General Iturriaga spoke with Dialogo on his vision of command, human capital and institutional capabilities for mission success.

Dialog: You are the 61st commander-in-chief of the army. What is your biggest challenge as Commander-in-Chief?

General Javier Eduardo Iturriaga del Campo, Commander of the Chilean Army: My mission is to promote the modernization processes that will allow us to meet the challenges of present modern times, in accordance with the mandate that the Constitution and the laws impose, and the daily demands of our citizens, whom we serve.

The most important challenge centers on our soldiers, preparing them, motivating them, instructing them, training them, giving them the respect and the opportunities for professional and personal growth that they deserve. Chile has an army of professionals made up of motivated people with a high vocation of service to their country, which we must not only maintain, but also strengthen, because only with them can we successfully meet all the challenges. that the future requires. from U.S.

Dialog: In your inaugural speech, you announced four major lines of action: human capital, exercising command with a human sense at all levels, maintaining and increasing operational readiness and strategic planning. What strategies do you implement for their success?

General Iturriaga: The basic strategies and responsibility for the implementation of these four lines of action are multiple and range from our educational system to the management of the commanders in each unit. We cannot focus on this command, but it must be understood as a mission to be fulfilled by all of us who are part of the Army. For this reason, in my first weeks, I visited most units in the country to speak directly with all the officers, NCOs (NCOs) and soldiers who are part of them, to deliver to them this concept of command and explain to them that, in it, we all have a mission to fulfill.

These visits included the units deployed in the field and, faithful to the message that I want to transmit of confidence and example, it was a question of spending several days with our soldiers to know first hand their aspirations, their difficulties and their projects.

Our real strength, as a military institution, lies in our people, in their unity, cohesion and effectiveness, in the fact that we can all fully exercise our vocation of service, on the basis of merit and effort. staff.

I can say that, in this journey that I will continue throughout my mandate, I have been able to observe that Chile not only has one of the most professional and best equipped armies in the region, recognized both inside and outside, but that it is also made up of men and women of great vocation and highly professional.

Dialog: What new capabilities does the Chilean army’s aviation brigade have?

General Iturriaga: The army aviation brigade plays a fundamental role within the defense structure of our institution, but at the same time, it is an excellent tool for us to help the community in the event of a disaster or emergency, that’s why we’ve boosted its versatile capabilities.

Our helicopters have been equipped with 1,000 and 1,300 liter Bambi Buckets water systems to fight forest fires, as well as external cargo hook systems to transport food, animal fodder, among others, in order to quickly bring aid to isolated areas. We also empower them to fulfill their search and rescue role with thermal imaging cameras (FLIR) and other specialized tools. The brigade has a specific and highly qualified unit to carry out these tasks, the air rescue unit.

Our helicopters and planes have been equipped with stretchers to transport the sick and injured, as well as the sick [medical] variable complexity and capabilities that have been extremely useful during the recent pandemic.

Finally, the goal is for our crews to be able to fly 24 hours a day and in all weather conditions if necessary, so we have also equipped them with night vision binoculars.

Dialog: The Army War Academy has foreign officers. How do these international exchanges take place?

General Iturriaga: The Chilean Army is proud to have one of the oldest war academies in the world, which is about to celebrate its 136th anniversary. In this long trajectory, he has not only been fundamental for the instruction of our officers, but also in the creation of similar academies in several Latin American countries (Ecuador, Colombia and El Salvador), where many of his teachers have taught, as they have done and still do in national universities.

Today, the Academy welcomes students and teachers from Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico and the United States, as well as Chilean Navy and Air Force officers.

Exchanges and activities with the armies of partner countries take place in accordance with our role of cooperation in international matters and within the framework of Chile’s permanent policy of contributing to peace between nations, fully coordinated with the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs.

The War Academy is open to civilians, and since 2015 we have Chilean officials from the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in our courses; we teach master’s degrees in military history and strategic thinking, disaster risk planning and management, and strategic planning and management, to anyone who wishes to pursue them.

Dialog: Exercise Southern Vanguard is conducted with US Army South. What other types of exchanges do you do and what are the benefits?

General Iturriaga: One of our mission areas is to contribute to international cooperation and our nation’s foreign policy, and as part of this, the Army maintains an extensive regional and international knowledge and cooperation program with partner nations. . The Chilean armed forces are currently participating in several peacekeeping missions, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Colombia and the Middle East, and in this area they also participate in exercises such as the US Southern Command’s Southern Vanguard.

Last year [2021] we did this exercise in our mountains, almost 3,000 meters above sea level, where American soldiers shared their experiences with our soldiers in the Portillo area (about 100 kilometers from Santiago) for 13 days with a high level training for the participants.

We have Exercise Volcano between Chile and Argentina, Special Operations Exercise Southern Star between Chile and the United States, and Exercise Worthington Challenger, hosted by the Canadian military. There are also exchanges between the American and Chilean military academies, such as West Point and the Bernardo O’Higgins military school, the Sandhurst competition and the humanitarian assistance exercise organized by the French armies in the Pacific.

In Europe, we have seen several trainings such as the British Army’s Cambrian Patrol and space operations and cyber defense exercises with Spain and Portugal.

These operations have important advantages, because they allow us to fraternize with the military of other countries, to know them and to know how they operate. These exercises provide our soldiers with an irreplaceable life experience — like operating with soldiers from other countries and in another language — which corresponds to one of the main objectives of our command, which is to strengthen their capacities and their knowledge and open up new opportunities for their military career.

Dialog: What progress has been made in the professionalization of NCOs?

General Iturriaga: The curricular innovation of our non-commissioned officers, who are the heart of our force, is the priority of the Army Institutional Education System, which has established these new training standards in line with the capacities required by the Army. he army, which has become very demanding, in accordance with the weapon systems we operate and the functions we perform.

The career path at the school for non-commissioned officers has been updated thanks to the Rebolledo plan, which has changed the professional training of future corporals and sergeants of the institution not only in terms of time, which has gone from a two years of common training and retained one year of vocational training. , but also standardized their respective levels to the content of the officer course.

This change has resulted in a series of updates in the professional career: today there is a new basic course for service and arms non-commissioned officers, which would be a third year of training, where the corporal receives his specialization to continue with a training sequence process for permanent staff, which, in turn, ends with a diploma from the Polytechnic Military Academy.

This new training sequence coordinates different knowledge and training required, such as service and armament non-commissioned officer training, where the emphasis is on the consulting field, either as an assistant to the general staff general or as chief of staff. It is important to point out that promotion to the rank of senior non-commissioned officer, the highest honor to which our non-commissioned officers can aspire, is made up of another series of requirements and elements, including a knowledge test which gives greater objectivity to the process.

]]> Sunderland fan will fly to Wembley via Spain to watch the team – as it’s ‘cheaper than taking the train’ Mon, 16 May 2022 17:55:50 +0000

A savvy Sunderland fan has found a cheaper way to travel to London to cheer on his side after being shocked by ‘ridiculously priced’ train tickets.

James Jelly, 33, will also enjoy a bonus evening in the Spanish sun as he travels to Wembley to watch the Black Cats’ League One play-off final. And he will have to pay less than a third of what he would pay to fly direct to London.

James paid a total of £51 for airfare and an overnight stay in Menorca before the club’s big game, after discovering a direct flight from Newcastle to the capital would have cost him £161.99.

Read more: Sunderland midfielder buzzes for Wembley return in front of ‘incredible’ Black Cats fans

The air journey from Newcastle International Airport cost him just £12.50, with a return fare to Stansted just £10.50.

The avid Black Cats fan, from Sunderland, said: “It’s cheaper than taking the train.

“There are some that are ridiculously priced. I looked up flights from Newcastle to Heathrow and it was £161.99 return and I thought ‘I’m not paying that’.

“I looked further down the page and there was a £23 return flight to Menorca with Ryanair, so I thought why not.

“My friends were saying they paid £200-300 for their trip. The coach was £40.

“My fights were half the price and I have a nice little morning in Spain. It’s the perfect weekend.”

Purchasing manager James will board a flight from Newcastle to Menorca at 4pm on Thursday and land in the nation’s capital at 6pm the following day for the full price of £23.

On top of that he will pay £28 for his hostel room and treated himself to a lift from London Standsted Airport to another fan’s Trafalgar Square, as well as a ride home after the game.

The football fan’s ticket to the highly anticipated game, where his team will face Wycombe in the final, was just £55, meaning the whole weekend cost him less than £100.

He added: “I’m really excited for it. They have a good chance to win, the feeling this time is we’re going to go up.

“Sunderland have been given more tickets so we’ll have the biggest support by far and we’re favourites. But it won’t be a wasted trip even if we lose, I’ll have a day in Spain anyway.”

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]]> WestJet has resumed flights between Toronto and Barcelona Sat, 14 May 2022 19:17:25 +0000

Today (May 14), WestJet resumed flights between Toronto (YYZ) and Barcelona (BCN) with three weekly flights, after an absence of more than 2 years. The Catalan capital will be the only destination in Spain for the Canadian airline. Flight WS 14 took off from Lester Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 12:12 a.m. local time and landed at El Prat Airport at 2:07 p.m.

According to data obtained by Aviacionline via Aena Statistics indicates that in 2019, WestJet mobilized 30,711 passengers and 142.6 tons of cargo in 124 flight operations between Toronto and Barcelona, ​​it was the third Canadian operator in Spain.

WestJet Schedules to Barcelona

  • Flight WS 14 YYZ 8:10 p.m. – BCN 10:05 a.m.+1 Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • Flight WS 15 BCN 2:00 p.m. – YYZ 4:40 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The flights will be operated on 320-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in three classes (16 Business Class/28 Premium Economy/276 Economy), replacing last summer’s Boeing 767-300ERs, which means an increase of more 20% of capacity compared to 2019.

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According to data obtained via Aena Estadística, before the pandemic, the nonstop service between Toronto (YYZ) and Barcelona (BCN) was the main route between Canada and Spain, where 191,273 passengers and 1,758.3 tonnes of cargo were mobilized in 771 air operations.

According to data compiled by Aviacionline via Cirium, WestJet will offer 12,552 seats per week on fifty-two flight operations between Toronto (YYZ) and Europe, which represents an increase of more than 130% compared to the levels of 2019.

WestJet Europe Schedule for Nordic Summer 2022

  • Barcelona (BCN) three times a week on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
  • Dublin (DUB) daily flights by Boeing 737-8.
  • Edinburgh (EDI) three times a week on Boeing 737-8.
  • Glasgow (GLA) four times a week on Boeing 737-8.
  • London Gatwick (LGW) nine times a week on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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Barcelona 2030, digital capital of Europe – POLITICO Fri, 13 May 2022 03:28:32 +0000

Barcelona is well known as one of Europe’s industrial powers. A city recognized for its dynamic and strong economy, Barcelona is also celebrated for its ability to reinvent itself in the face of new global challenges, which makes it a flagship of innovation at European and global level. Other media have in fact recently ranked it as the best city to visit in the world, highlighting its world-class architecture and thriving arts and culture scene, in addition to its undisputed position as a thriving economic and commercial hub.

To further strengthen Barcelona’s leading position as a hub of innovation, the city is committed to stepping up its already impressive digital efforts.

In the wake of the pandemic, we have recognized how technology can keep us informed and connected. To achieve this, the digital city model must facilitate telework, online training, e-health; it must also bring new thinking to the areas of personal mobility, the use of buildings and city centers, and have an attractive and digitized commercial offer.

Barcelona is often hailed as a global, open and connected city, well known for its ability to leverage technological and digital innovation to improve the city and the lives of those who live there. Unsurprisingly and according to Atomico European State of Technology 2021Barcelona is currently the seventh most attractive European city for investment in technology companies.

Barcelona is currently the seventh most attractive European city for investment in technology companies.

It is home to over 1,900 startups and has the most office space occupied by technology companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook or Oracle of any European city. In 2021, the Boston Consulting Group’s Decoding Global Talent Report ranked Barcelona sixth in number of startups and ninth in attracting talent.

It is home to more than 1,900 start-ups and has the most office space occupied by technology companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook or Oracle, of any European city.

In recent years, Barcelona has managed to position itself as one of the most important digital hubs in Europe. A new law on startups recently approved by the Spanish government introduces significant tax advantages for international professionals and companies wishing to set up in Spain. The government has also simplified visa applications and the process of obtaining residence permits for entrepreneurs and investors.

A new law on startups recently approved by the Spanish government introduces significant tax advantages for international professionals and companies wishing to set up in Spain.

The Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation (MWCapital), a public-private initiative whose mission is to stimulate the digital development of society and improve people’s lives globally, plays a crucial role in the digitalization of city. With its support, Barcelona has hosted some of the best-known technology events in the world, including Mobile World Congress, Integrated Systems Europe, Puzzle X and Smart City Expo World Congress. It has also helped attract major infrastructure projects such as the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the first quantum computer in southern Europe, and the Alba synchrotron, which will be the largest electron accelerator complex in the Mediterranean. . In addition, he has promoted programs such as the MWCapital Intelligent Connectivity program and the 5G Barcelona initiative, which has driven more than 25 pilot projects with 5G technology in the city, making Barcelona the 5G hub of southern Spain. Europe. Finally, MWCapital has an innovation program, The Collider, which in five years has made it possible to launch nearly 20 startups in health, energy and industry 4.0 in science and technology. Since 2021, the program has also supported food technology and new materials companies (Puzzle X). In the area of ​​talent, the foundation is behind the Barcelona Digital Talent platform, which tackles the current digital talent gap to promote market competitiveness.

Barcelona has a strong international community which represents 21% of its population. To help attract foreign talent, Barcelona City Council has opened “The Welcome Desk”, a one-stop shop to help new residents organize their move: registering at the residence, schooling children or finding accommodation.

Barcelona’s plan for the next decade

Barcelona is working on the Barcelona Green Deal, a plan to lead Europe’s transition to a green, digital and fairer economy, in line with the goals included in the 2030 agenda set by the United Nations.

The Barcelona Green Deal responds to the city’s economic, urban development and social transformation needs with the aim that, by 2030, Barcelona will be among the most competitive, sustainable and equitable cities in the world. The city aims to consolidate its already diversified economy to continue to generate quality jobs and lead a successful digital transition, adapted to its objective in terms of sustainability and the challenges posed by climate change.

The city aims to consolidate its already diversified economy to continue to generate quality jobs and lead a successful digital transition.

Under three axes — competitiveness, sustainability and equality — the city has drawn clear strategic lines to promote six major urban areas — Zona Franca; Montjuic; the city center; the [email protected] district; the Besos; and the new science and health hub — through seven key sectors of the city: the creative sector; the local economy; the visitor economy; industry 4.0; health; biodiversity; and the digital sector.

European micromobility startup Reby acquired by PE player House of Lithium for $100 million – TechCrunch Wed, 11 May 2022 03:01:00 +0000

Founded in 2018, European micromobility startup Reby taken an interesting path. It deployed e-scooters in the city of Zaragoza (Spain), during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also created a SaaS-oriented “MaaS” (mobility-as-a-service) platform. It went on to win 18 government deals for e-mobility across Italy and Spain, slightly under the radar compared to well-funded big players like Tier, Voi and Bolt. In other words, without needing to become a big player, it has secured the types of European municipal licenses coveted by micromobility players.

Founded by four entrepreneurs (Pep Gómez, Kiran Thomas, Cristina Castillo and Guillem Pagès), Reby has now been acquired by lithium house, a Canadian private equity firm, which was already a major shareholder in the company. The company invests in private and publicly listed entities involved in or connected to the electric mobility value chain. The transaction is valued at $100 million. Company founder Pep Gómez, along with the rest of the management team, will continue to lead Reby. The company says it closed the year with approximately $15 million in revenue and an EBITDA of approximately US$3 million.

Reby had raised a total of $17.9 million from EXOR, 14W Ventures, Neo Fund, Fuel Capital, Hard Yaka, Day One Ventures and some angels such as Simon Rothman (founder of eBay Motors and board member of administration of Tesla and Lyft), Marcelo Gigliani (APAX Digital) and Hugo Arevalo (Jobandtalent).

In a statement, Kevin Taylor, President of House of Lithium, said, “Combining Reby’s industry-leading IoT technology and proven ride-hailing business model with manufacturing, distribution, e-commerce and retail assets at detail from House of Lithium will help create an end-to-end solution. an end-to-end mobility platform to maximize opportunities and bottom-line results. »

Reby has made a point of making his own vehicles, avoiding Chinese-made scooters; operating exclusively with town hall agreements; and financing vehicle investments largely with asset-backed debt.

Gomez added: “The House of Lithium team’s financial strength and capital markets expertise make this a great partnership with the added power Reby needs to continue its growth…Electric vehicle business times burning money with artificial growth is gone, giving us a huge opportunity to win in an untapped market focused on infrastructure regulation and the development of R&D in security and the occupation of public space, which is imperative for cities.

Reby is the second venture of Gomez, who at 19 was the sole founder of the Fever experiences app, which has raised $298.8 million to date and has been backed by Goldman Sachs, Accel Partners and Rakuten, among others. .

Series A Funding Round Lays Foundation for International Growth of Digital Cancer Therapies Mika Mon, 09 May 2022 11:15:50 +0000

New investors with a proven track record in digital oncology are backing German digital therapy (DTx) company Fosanis to expand patient access to Mika, an app-based DTx platform that enables people affected by cancer.

BERLIN, LAUSANNE, Switzerland, BARCELONA, Spain and MUNICH, May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Berlin-based digital health company Fosanis, the developer of Mika, Germany’s first prescription DTx for all oncology indications, has closed a Series A funding round of over €10 million. In addition to existing shareholders such as Ananda Impact Ventures, three new investors joined in the latest funding round: lead investor, Swiss company Debiopharm Innovation Fund, Ship2B Ventures from Spain and venture capital firm Equity Pitcher.

As digital therapies gain momentum globally, Germany has pioneered the regulation of digital therapies. Mika has become the leading oncology DTx platform in Germany in recent years, proving its value for cancer patients and the healthcare system in clinical trials. The personalized platform offers evidence-based digital interventions to help cancer patients cope with the challenges of the disease and the treatment process.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 19.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. “Cancer knows no borders. Nor should helping those affected by cancer, says Mika Founder and Managing Director Dr Jan Simon Raue. “We developed Mika to bring back some of the control when advice and support is needed most: from diagnosis through to the treatment process. Our mission is to empower everyone affected by cancer. a cancer is a human being with individual needs, Mika provides personalized and comprehensive cancer therapy support, combining the latest knowledge in cancer research with hands-on 24/7 help, in an easy-to-use and engaging digital tool.”

The capital raised in this Series A will support Mika’s expansion into the international arena. As Fosanis reveals plans to enter the UK healthcare ecosystem still in 2022, it also wants to partner with renowned international cancer research centers to conduct even more studies into the medical impact of AI-based personalization in digital interventions. Mika Co-founder and Managing Director Doctor Gandolf Finke:
“The importance of digital health and digital therapies in particular is growing globally. This financing round marks an important step in the history of our company, allowing us to develop our DTx platform in oncology and to position our offers internationally. We welcome our new investors on board and look forward to working closely with them to take Mika to new heights.”

Debiopharm is an experienced digital health investor with a particular focus on cancer. Tanja Dowe, CEO of Debiopharm Innovation Fund: “We are convinced that digital solutions can fill many critical gaps in healthcare and, in particular with regard to the support of cancer treatment, bring considerable relief to patients and treating physicians. Mika promotes the empowerment of patients and enables those affected to cope with their illness and treatment, independent of time and place.For this reason, we do not see ourselves only as mere investors, but we also support the company in its strategy and its execution and are proud to support Mika’s future growth.

Ship2B, based in Barcelona, ​​invests primarily in start-ups that have the potential to make a valuable and lasting contribution to the world. Impact, that is to say the aspiration for real change, is at the forefront of their thinking, because Maite Fibla, co-founder and managing partner of Ship2Bemphasizes: “We are proud to contribute to the internationalization of Mika, which means being able to improve the quality of life of many more cancer patients. Not only does his mission meet our parameters of what should be an impact start-up, but we felt fully committed. It seems particularly important to us to think that, thanks to what has been achieved in the cycle, there can be the possibility of giving to Spain, among other countries, this innovative proposal in oncological therapies.

Andrea Buhofer, Partner at EquityPitcher Venturesfurther highlights the growing importance of patient-centric solutions in integrative digital oncology: “Personalised, digital and accessible support in cancer treatment is becoming increasingly important. Mika has developed an extremely user-friendly app with much-requested content, and we’re so glad we were able to help Mika continue to grow and make therapy support accessible to more people.”

Alongside new investors, current shareholders contributed to the funding round, led by impact VC Ananda Impact Ventures and several business angels who had already joined Mika’s mission in a previous seed investment round. Dr. Bernd Klosterkemper, Partner at Ananda Impact Ventures, explains: “We are a home for entrepreneurs who meet the pressing challenges of our time in an evolutionary way. From the beginning, Mika aspired to create a positive impact on the well-being and quality of life of cancer patients. Like his meaningful vision resonates deeply with our ambition to support game-changing, purpose-driven solutions, we very much look forward to cementing the ties and helping Mika make a global impact.”

About Fosanis

Founded in 2017 by Dr. Gandolf Finke and Dr. Jan Simon Raue, digital health company Fosanis GmbH pursues the goal of empowering people affected by cancer using digital technology. To this end, Fosanis GmbH has developed the AI-powered DTx Mika together with leading oncology research institutes and cancer centers such as the University of Leipzig Medical Center and Charité Berlin. A clinically proven app-based platform, Mika has become the first and so far only “Digital Health App” (DiGA) approved for all cancer patients in 2021. Mika is a digital therapeutic platform personalized (DTx) in oncology. Accompanying those affected by cancer through their illness and therapy, Mika combines AI-powered monitoring and coaching, including scientifically tested methods and therapy management techniques. Daily health check-ups – called ePRO = electronic patient-reported results – allow continuous monitoring of distress levels and symptoms, while a personalized coaching program provides scientifically validated multimedia elements and psycho-oncology interventions. These include more than 800 rigorously validated articles, videos and coping skills training courses – ranging from nutritional recommendations to exercise training and mindfulness coaching.

Fosanis is based in Berlin and employs over 40 people. Further information can be found at and

About the Debiopharm Innovation Fund

Debiopharm develops, manufactures and invests in innovative therapies and technologies that address significant unmet medical needs in oncology and bacterial infections. Debiopharm Innovation Fund aims to provide strategic funding and advice to companies offering Smart Data & Digital Health solutions with the ambition to change the way medicines are developed and the way patients are treated. Accomplishments from our growing portfolio of companies include 18 FDA or CE mark clearances and 2 IPOs as well as 3 successful M&A exits. Since 2018, Debiopharm has invested over $150 million, leading the investment rounds of 22 of the last 30 investments. For more information, please visit

About Ship2B Ventures

Ship2B Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in the most impactful startups. As impact investors, they seek to generate triple returns: economic, social and environmental. Ship2B Ventures combines the best of the world of venture capital with the world of impact, maximizing the financial return of their investments with a clear intention to generate, manage and measure their impact. Currently, the investment team manages 60 million euros and has participated in more than 25 financing rounds. Qida, Psious, CodeOp and Rosita Longevity are startups invested by Ship2B Ventures. For more information, please visit

About EquityPitcher Ventures

EquityPitcher is an early growth venture capital firm supporting promising startups in the DACH region. Through close collaboration with renowned industry experts, investors and exit partners, we pave the way for entrepreneurs to achieve the three critical success factors: capital, know-how and network. For more information, please visit

About Ananda Ventures

Ananda Impact Ventures is the leading impact venture capital fund with a Europe-wide investment mandate. Ananda manages €180m across four main impact funds and is backed by renowned institutional and private investors. Ananda funds technology companies that address the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time in scalable and sustainable ways. Its active portfolio includes IESO Digital Health (online psychotherapy), Klim (regenerative agriculture) and Ororatech (which uses satellite technology to fight wildfires). For more information about Ananda Impact Ventures, please visit

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Alcaraz beats Djokovic in thriller to reach Madrid final Sat, 07 May 2022 20:11:21 +0000

MADRID, Spain, May 7Carlos Alcaraz became the first player to beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the same tournament on clay as he stormed into the Madrid Open final on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Spaniard reached his second ATP Masters final in five weeks and picked up his first-ever victory against a reigning world number one, beating Djokovic 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 7-6 ( 7/5) in front of a sold-out crowd at the Caja Magica.

Alcaraz now hold seven top-10 wins this season and enter Sunday’s final – against Stefanos Tsitsipas or defending champion Alexander Zverev – with a nine-game winning streak, having triumphed in Barcelona a few weeks ago.

He is the youngest player to beat a world number one in 17 years.

A calm and collected Alcaraz kicked off the game with a break of serve, thanks to a well-timed cross backhand shot, and quickly took a 3-1 lead over the top seed.

Djokovic, who turns 35 this month, fought back to draw 4-4 as the set deservedly ended in a tie-break.

A fiery Djokovic took a 5-1 advantage in the breaker and quickly got his hands on four set points.

Alcaraz saved the first with an aggressive return and another with an ace. Perfect cushioning saved the Spaniard a third set point to reduce the deficit to 5-6, but Djokovic closed the set on his fourth chance after 62 minutes.

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The players were neck and neck in the second set until Alcaraz upped the ante in game 12, winning key battles at net and using his cushioning perfectly when he needed it.

The Murcia native claimed a break and the set with a sensational shot, dropping a Djokovic dropper and hitting a winner from outside the doubles lane.

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Novak Djokovic needed medical attention in the third set © AFP / Pierre-Philippe MARCOU

Djokovic fended off three break points on his serve in the decider’s fourth game, digging deep for a 2-2 hold.

The world number one fell to the ground in the following game and needed medical attention for an open injury to his right hand. Two more break points came and went for Alcaraz on his opponent’s serve as Djokovic fought to hold 3-3.

It was Djokovic’s turn to put pressure on Alcaraz’s serve, but the seventh seed managed to avoid a break point to hold in game seven.

The crowd went wild as Alcaraz blasted a forehand winner to get their first match point. Djokovic responded with an ace of steel and dug deep to level 5-5.

It all came down to a final set tie-break and the Caja Magica was shaking with chants of “si se puede” (Yes you can). Alcaraz drew first blood, opening a 4-2 gap.

Djokovic saved a second match point for 5-6 but Alcaraz were lucky for the third time, securing a win in three hours and 35 minutes with another forehand winner – his 35th of the game.

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Ukraine claims successes in the south and Donbass Thu, 05 May 2022 12:11:15 +0000